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Today's News

  • The Signs are Right
  • Legion Poppy Day
  • New Crossing Gates
  • The Way We Were

    20 Years Ago

    1996 – Haier Plumbing & Heating of Okawville was hired by the city of Vandalia to lay a city water line to the new work camp at Vandalia Correctional Center.
    Adam Lach and Chris Mason of Vandalia Community High School were selected by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 to attend Boys’ State in the summer at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week's photo: The girl in this photo, which was taken in the mid-1980s, grew up in the Shafter area. She now cuts hair at a salon in Vandalia, and she has a son.

  • Vandalia Memories
  • Rheiner doctored early St. Paul

    Doctor Edward Rheiner was one of the earliest doctors to attend to the ills of the St. Paul community, which began forming into a village in the fall of 1864 with the migration of the Wisconsin German families, Lenz, Malchow, Maske, Sasse, Busse and Stein.

  • Budget impasse impacts continue

    The ongoing budget impasse at our state capitol has already affected municipalities and other entities that are owed money by the state. For example, the state owes the city about half a million dollars at this time.
    Add Ramsey Lake State Park and the community of Ramsey to the list of those being hurt by the stalemate involving our governor and legislators.
    Ramsey Lake State Park, which draws large numbers of people each year for camping, fishing and other outdoor activities, has been shuttered. And there's no indication when it will be reopened.

  • Exchange student enjoying life in the U.S.

    The first impression of Boaz Haveman is one of a friendly, courteous young man, who is very tall and good-looking with a sincere, “glad-to-meet-you” smile.

  • VCHS to hold first Academic Signing Day

    As another school year winds down, it’s fairly common to see area high students being recognized for going on to college due to their athletic abilities. The same is not true for those students who are able to continue their education because of their success in the classroom.
    A team of Vandalia Community High School teachers and administrators has decided to change that.
    At the Vandalia Board of Education meeting last week, VCHS Assistant Principal Greta Krueger told board members about the school’s first Academic Signing Day.